Join us Tuesday, June 21, 2022, to celebrate this year's winners of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting.

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The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting: Follow the Money, presented by the Better Government Association, will be held on Tuesday, June 21.

The BGA hosts the awards with the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The foundation supports investigative reporting that fosters greater transparency, accountability and effectiveness in government institutions at the local level.


Main Category

1st Place - $12,000

Runner-up - $5,000

Smaller Newsrooms Category

1st Place - $7,000

Runner-up - $2,000

Readers’ Choice - $1,000


Block Club Chicago
Kelly Bauer

The Trace in partnership with Block Club Chicago, La Raza Chicago, and The Chicago Sun-Times Lakeidra Chavis and Daniel Nass

The Champaign News-Gazette
Jeff D’Alessio

Investigate Midwest and Harvest Public Media Johnathan Hettinger and Sky Chadde (Investigate Midwest); Dana Cronin, Katie Peikes and Seth Bodine (Harvest Public Media)

WBEZ/Chicago Public Media Dan Mihalopoulos, Alex Keefe, Angela Rozas O'Toole

WBEZ/Chicago Public Media María Inés Zamudio, Alden Loury, Matt Kiefer, Mary Hall, Manuel Martinez, Kat Nagasawa, Charmaine Runes


Judged by a panel of journalists and media educators, the awards highlight the impact of Illinois investigative reporting as a reform tool within the context of state and local government waste, fraud and corruption. In addition to using credible and impressive investigative techniques, the winning entries will have made significant contributions to inform the public on issues of government failings and corruption and will have prompted reforms.

This year, we’re introducing a new category designed to recognize investigative and enterprising journalism by smaller organizations and those that reach beyond the Chicago market.

Smaller Newsroom Category

This category is for news organizations with head offices in Illinois with an editorial staff of 25 or fewer people.

Submissions should be limited to five stories, and newsrooms may submit multiple entries from multiple reporters. While individuals or news organizations may submit multiple entries, each entry should be submitted separately. Supporting material will be accepted but is not necessary. Submissions must be received by The submissions period has been extended, entries must be received by May 2 at 11:59 p.m. CST. All applications must meet standards set forth in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. Entities that are principally advocacy organizations are not eligible. Entries should include all related corrections, clarifications or retractions.